Grateful Dead Live at Franklin County Airport on 1995-06-15
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
FOB - Schoeps MK4V's -> Sonosax mic preamp -> DA - P1 -> DAT (Master) -> DAT -> HHb Cdr-800; via Matt Bertollo; Tim Wiley
- 2004-05-18 14:25:53
- Schoeps MK4V's (FOB) > Sonosax mic preamp > DA-P1 > HHb CDR-800 > CDR > EAC (secure) > mkwACT > SHN
- Highgate, VT
- Audience: Schoeps MK4V's
- Transferred by
- Matt Bertollo and Tim Wiley
- Franklin County Airport
Subject: so great in so many ways, + fence crash info
for one thing, on arrival, I saw out the window of our van, this scraggly hippie dude thrashing flowersticks / devilsticks. first time I'd ever seen them and was mesmerized. long story short, I got a set and have been playing with them (not the same set obviously) for almost 25 years now, and they've transformed my life in so many ways.
but to the show! just amazing, I remember Bob Dylan being iconic and unintelligible; Touch of Gray stands out especially in my mind; some politician was there too as a guest, but I don't remember who it was - Bernie? Patrick Leahy? Someone, but that was neat.
and then there was the fence. that really stood out. I had left our crew in the middle of the crowd to go find food or a bathroom or something I don't recall, I think it was food. found my way over towards the fence where there were a bunch of white easy-ups IIRC along the side, but I was down towards the entrance-end of them. anyhow, on the other side of the fence was a small hill running parallel to the fence.
all along the side of the fence were people without tickets wanting to get in. positioned along the outside of the fence at regular intervals were cops with dogs. everyone was just there all chill... until one guy on the hill stands up, makes some gesture (I think he might've thumped his chest with his hands once), a "what are you gonna do about it?" kinda body language, and started walking down the hill towards the fence and cops.
things started moving very quickly at this point. first one, then another stand up to join this guy, then all of a sudden everyone on the hill is up and moving quickly towards the fence. people are climbing the fence, cops are dragging people off it, dogs are jumping and presumably biting, but the cops aren't enough and soon the fence is covered in people, and, well, it just tipped right over.
it was about this time, with what looked to be about a hundred people maybe 20 yards from me now streaming towards me, that I decided to turn tail and run back into the crowd to avoid getting trampled.
so that was fun. super super memorable highlight to an otherwise crazy amazing experience.
Subject: Pretty awful
Subject: Time machine
Subject: People sure do have odd memories
Subject: From heaven to Armageddon
From the "edgy vibe" on the walk into the concert site, to the gates being crashed, I knew this was not going to be the mellow night I had in Highgate in 1994. So Dylan came out and was pretty damn good. Then Jerry walked on stage and my friends and I were stunned by how smacked out he looked. Unlike '94 when he stood up tall and smiled while he played, this was a night of standing perfectly still and hunched over. When he did look up, it was a worried look... a look of struggling to do somehting he once did effortlessy and with that cherubic smile. At the end of the day, not the worst show. But still barely a shell of what the Dead had been just a year before. And not even a fleeting resemblance to the bad I first saw in '74. I hit a few more shows that summer. But when me and my buddies walked out of RFK, we all agreed that unless Jerry got healthy and clean, it was over. And so it came to be... even more tragically than imagined... So very sad....
Subject: Terrible Ending to a Grate Ride
Subject: One last hoorah
Subject: Best part
Subject: tito and sucky sucky...
Whats with your bad attitude? keep your diarrhea of the mouth to yourself. Why are you spreading bad energy csucker? you hate your father for touching you? oh i bet its because he stopped touching you. in any case, you got serious issues so go away, nobody wants that shit here so just go away, seriously. Ask anybody here or where you slither around at home if they consider you their friend. Don't be surprised, its just who you are, an ignorant, negative pain in the ass, so just go home, crawl under your bed and cry for momma to come hold you, oh wait, I meant your dad, bitch. I bet he's been thinking about you in the bathroom when he's all alone, probably in the tub...naked...eyes closed...mouth open..."oh my little tito! come play with my smokey!" or is it the locker room scene for you two?
Subject: Seriously missed opportunity
To say nothing of hanging out with my 'bro. Sorry for all this 'Too Much Info', people. I miss the band and I miss my bro'. Take a tip from an ancient headbanger. If your heart says 'jump,' do it. Enough already. (P.S. My rating is based on hearing the recoding, which of course is very biased). Peace.
Subject: my first show!
Subject: First show
The week before the show i hung with dan and asked how we were gonna hook up to the show and he said he had a ride with a friend and i would have to find me own way..No problem,that night i looked at the ticket and realized it was in VT!!LOL so the next day i talked to my asswipe boss and told him i was taking my vacation week..He sais no and finised my day..but after talking to Dan about the trip i decided that if my slavemaster boss wasnt gonna budge i was gonna take the week off anyway and be a no show and deal with whatever came my way when I got back.
I drove my 1984 Olds Delta88 with 172,000 miles all the way from East Boston Ma..the experience was great all around for me..the local people and heads were really cool!!Dylan and the deadshow!!Deep down inside during the show I just got a feeling this was a very special show..Something I will never forget and will always hold very close to me..
fare thee well Jerry..Thanks
Subject: I WAS there and was young but dam.. wldnt trade it for NOTHIN
Subject: wild night at the airport
I think this recording is much better sounding than the SBD ( more even mix on the aud source )
I met a kid outside the gate and he let me in on the silver star.
When I was going in for Bob Dylan his first song started and a surge of people pressed in on all sides and then I was being carried by surge of gate crashers through the gates. I traveled forward about 50 feet before I touched the ground. I was tired of waiting to get in anyway and I was not harmed, so life goes on. The Dead had their ups and downs over the night but an interesting show,some interesting tunes in the set list, but Jerry was obviously not felling well. I thought this was still a pretty good show. Killer drumz-space> box of rain, in this one hang on to something for balance.
It had a huge two tier sound system set up
with the gatecrashers there were 100,000 freaks
- it was a silver star kind of show.
I do remember that this show made me happy.
Peace and Happiness be
Jerry Always gave everything that he had !!!
Subject: First and Last time seeing Jerry
Subject: last show.....
I remember roling joints for these 2 older guys in their plymouth in Enosburg Falls campground and they wanted to take me on tour with them to be their 'official' joint roller and i;d get paid to do it! Ya! 18 yrs old...why not...of coarse I never saw them later during the show or after......then there was waiting in line while listening to Dylan and then hearing that the gates had been crashed......so....how was Dylan that night? anyone? hmmmm......then there was being waaaaay to far from the stage, but getting to see stuff on the screen and feeling like because i was by myself and high, I wouldnt be able to squirm my way around people without getting lost in there space as i went...hard enough to stand alone in my own space! but that SPACE! WOW!!! THAT alone made the show......I think I remember reading in Phils memoir that he was particularly annoyed with Garcia this night(i think i read that? anyone again?) and it was funny to hear Garcia say "where just waiting for Phil now" little love jabs.........just met my doctor who saw the last Chicago show and just by chance mentioned my time at Highgate the same summer, forgetting that today was THAT day 15 yrs ago!!!! I love syncronicity! GOOD OL GRATEFUL DEAD!!!
Subject: Worst show I ever attended
I was amazed at how many people thought it was a killer show as I walked the long walk to my car. I said then that it was the worst concert I had seen by any band, ever, up till that point. Maybe a bit harsh but man oh man, so many lyrical and other musical flubs, I remember actually wincing. I remember telling my friends that something was seriously wrong with Jerry. I don't understand how people can here this and give it 2 stars let alone 5! Sorry to be so negative but this is a bad bad show and it should be criminalized immediately. :)
Subject: Very Nostalgic Man
While maybe musically it was not their best show, it was very nostalgic for this was the last summer they were together, for me personally it was a blast! Although had been a long time fan and had a shitload of tapes, because of school and work never got the chance to see them a ton, so for the 4 of us it was an adventure. Met a ton of cool people on Shakedown Street and walking back and forth from the only gas station intown getting ice and supplies! Once touch came on it was a magical journey for all of us. Although there were problems at the show and maybe time has hit my memory but it was one hell of a 3 day journey, something that the 4 of us talk about all the time! It was also the last summer all of us were single by the next year or so we were either married or engaged.
My point is that while musically it was not the 70's (personally I am a pigpen, keith fan more so than Brent, Bruce and Vince) the show was a blast and it is cool to read everyone's memories of the show! Something I will never forget in my life. I am getting chills listening to the show right now telling my 7 and 3 year old about Daddy being at this show! Isn't this what is all about, hanging out with your buddies listening to a band we all love and wish were still playing! Thanks for listening and don't believe the haters out there, they were probably not at the show! Enjoy Further, Phil and Friends, and DSO. just gives us another chance to recreate moments that were pretty cool! Peace all!
The stars are for the show and the memories combined!
Subject: what the fuck is your problem "tito"
Subject: Turned me on to the Dead
now i am 32.. have seen bobby 4 times, and have purchased, and collected 100's of shows.... everytime i think of this moment, i am so thankful.. i have payed for my ticket 10 times over... i love the dead.. ty all who keeps the dead alive :)
Subject: Setting the record straight...
I'm not sure how many fences actually came down around the perimeter, but I do know that one of them (a big 1) came down, not by force, but because my buddies (among others) were sitting on the base of it pre-show, leaning back like a recliner. I wandered over & proceeded to do the same. Next thing I know, after 2 or 3 backward somersaults, I am standing up again on top of the fence which came down to the surprise of everyone around...This was the fence that bordered on a forest area to the left of the stage. After it came down, I noticed some people who were milling around in the woods, doing whatever, casually walk into the show, not running & pushing...I also remember some poor soul falling out of a tree, I hope he was okay...
Again, maybe other fences came down by force, I don't know, but the rather huge one we were leaning against came down by accident, that I can assure you...
As for the show, well, it was what it was...
I can tell you that I had one hell of a time on a beautiful Vermont evening grooving & tripping, Loving & Sinning w/ the Boys & Girls! I remember the S/D's being the most otherwordly of any I experienced in my too short career, 9 shows. Particularly the Beam!
Being at a 'questionable' Dead show was a hell of alot better then being anywhere else IMHO. Excited at the prospects of seeing the remnants a few times this Spring, no Jerry physically anymore, but the 'Force' is alive & well...
5 stars because again, ask yourself, would anyone that was there (or any show) rather be anywhere else? If so, you should have stayed home...
Subject: Last Gratefuldead show....
P.S. I will post the SBD when I can find the show in the hundreds of shows I have...I don't recall seeing it the last time I went through my VCR tapes and I did have one show that got destroyed in the VCR I mentioned earlier....not sure if it was Highgate...but I hope not now that I know everyone is looking for a SBD!
Subject: Jerry Alas, looked bad
Subject: for the most part
Subject: let it be!
Subject: how can a show be bad?
Subject: Looking for Live Footage
If you have any idea of where I could find a video recording of the Highgate concert, June 15th, 1995...I would be grateful for your assistance and direction.
I was there...close to the stage...had a Hand Drum with Four Directions spiralling from the center...which held up and saw on the screens on either of the stage...Wow...What feeling...
It's been 12 years already and I find myself questionning whether it was just a really a good trip, alone in my head...or a really great trip with everyone else....
Anyhow...for me...the concert was time I will never forget...I was right there...50 feet from the stage...surround by a sea of happy, beautiful people...but even with the waves of grace washing over me...I could feel the sting of Gerry state on my skin...that feeling has also colored my experience at Highgate that weekend...for it was a weekend...
The procession through the Gates was a moment in and of itself...those of you who were there know this...the coming down of the Gates...that's another story again...
Would really like to re-live this moment again...
Any videos would do...
Subject: The stories
Subject: Don't listen to Grumpy Gus!
Subject: And I Bid You Good Night
I relaxed at this one & simply chose to sit in the back on the ground. Sound was very poor, but then again this wasn't no arena. It was a flat old unused airport open on all sides. I do remember that sky surfer someone just noted. It looked like the dude hung up there forever w/ what I think I remember as a blue raft style air kite.
What can I say, I feel lucky to have caught one of the last shows, & one of the last TOG, Peggy-O, Ramble On, Truckin, & SOTM's. If an SBD was to be found, ratings would go a little higher. An Aud taped on an airport runway sure didn't help.
Thank you Jerry & Company for all the happy memories, & Thank you archive for preserving it!
Subject: Last day of high school
Subject: feeling so alone and blue
I brought my nephew for the experience and had to sell stuff to make the trip pay for itself, which it did! He was a new college guy and we sold bagels, coffee (French Roast w/ cream aand sugar) and granola bars or fresh fruit, and water
we made about 350 and fed a lot of hungry and scary [people who i never could have imagined that they would ever get home.
But for $2 for tyour chouice of three items when you are hungry certainly helped us sell fast.
I remember walking the parking lot with these big thermos' tied to our backs selling coffee to people half asleep at the wheel, sitting idle and waiting hours to get out of the parking lot, butwhen they saw me and my nephew, "Get Your Fresh French Roast Coffee Here!" you should have seen the eyes sparkle and a big GD smile and a grateful eye.
"Get your French roast coffee" with cream and sugar. Chewy granola bars and apples and oranges, and water.. "
im kind of curous if anyone out there remembers being delivered coffee at 2o'clock in the morning in the parking lot in a traffic jam?
There was something very satisfying in those moments. And we slept in the car for two nights.
We both got in early enough to hear Here Comes Sunshine practiced 2 tiems and casey jones once for the soundcheck.
The crowd was very rude and forceful and ran through the gates, it was the worst gate crashing i had ever experienced and it shows the worst in people, esp when we all know what happened at Cinci' and the Who.
Anyway we stood dead center in front of the board for the whole, sound was awesome!!!
Dylan took the night, Jerry did not look well so white and pale, kept getting lost between the teleprompter and i think it was throwing him off big time. You cna hear it in the hesitations in the playing. I do remeber the moon, the flying man with the ultralight/parachute, a balloon, and an awesome Black Throated Wind. The first set was good better than the second. I was happy just to be there in the breezes of summer, and feeling like Jerrys days were few. S.O.T.M was very somber and reflective of the whole dead scene at the time and poor playing. I really think Jerry was on his orbit home.
I remember the drums throwing us audibly through the uiniverse and looking at my nephew being blown away in the moment of audio fantasyland and smiling knowing i would never forget that moment,. and was glad to have the time to sharwe with him.
But I had never quite enjoyed the drums as that night and i had been to shows since 1982.
I think i really was Dead Center in a manner of speaking
Those are my moments I will not ever forget. Jery Garcia RIP
anyway, I am thrilled to listen to this show again.
Not as bad as said.
Subject: each show was a blessing
During 'Hwy 61 Revisited' the crowd was just going crazy, dancing and getting off on all his energy. Someone said they saw Jerry off to the side, just watching and enjoying.
The Dead's performance was completely imbalanced. Another show where Phil shows up, but everyone else was mentally watching 'Golden Girls.'
Subject: Day I'll never forget
Subject: my bachelor party
At this show, Jerry Garcia appeared motionless and listless. Looking up at the screens, he did not seem like he had his eyes open during the show. He was really going downhill. The other members seemed to compensate with their musical stregnth. Garcia struggled....
It was great to see "That would be something". I always enjoyed seeing that done, and "Ramble on Rose", strong "Wang Dang Doodle" Bobby's vocals were strong and with umph!
I feel that the shows were loosing their edge around 93 and later. I was used to seeing the Dead in the mid 80's til the end. I felt that the whole scene was ending soon. I said to my brother as we walked into the show, "take a good look at what were are doing because this is not going to last much longer I'm afraid".
I could not believe how amazing the sound quality was at the airport. That place was expanse. By far the Dead had the best sound in music, period. They filled every inch of that place with crystal clear sound! I miss seeing the boys. If I had one more show to see again, it would be Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY 3/24/90 or Rich Stadium Buffalo, NY 7/90. Killer shows, check em' out!!! God Bless.....
Subject: "phil isn't ready yet"
Subject: It was HIGHgate
Subject: 2 Stars
Subject: Great scene, decent show.
P.S. If Jerry sounds down, blame the gate crashers as much as his health. I mail ordered my ticket, and I was sad when word spread that people were shouting at cops and ripping down fences to get in for free. You can bet the band felt that way, too.
Subject: Was that Jerry?
Jerry was a wreck. He forgot the words, but that didn't bother me too much. Let's be honest, he forgot the words during the best of times. But there were moments during the show when he was looking down at his guitar like he'd never seen one before. He was just staring at it. Drums and Space started out good, but lasted forever (45 Mins!!!) and seemed uninspired after a while. It became obvious that they were just waiting for Jerry to rest up.
Really, everyone else did a good job, and that's what made it so hard to watch, you could tell that there was a lot of music left in this band. When I watched the show, I gave Jerry six months - looks like I was too optomistic.
Listning to the show now, 10 years later, it's not quite as bad as I remember (Jerry actually sounds kind of into Ramble On Rose), but still nothing like what the Dead could be when they were on.
The camping was fun, and everyone was ready for an incredible show - it's too bad the boys couldn't keep it going longer. Lucky we still have 30 years of live Dead to listen too. I'm more of a 70's fan anyways.
Subject: too little too late
I also never forget getting pulled over 2 times on the way home and somehow getting out of both of them as the smoke was wafting out from the backseat!!
Subject: Rules of thumb for 1995 downloading
1.) Don't believe all of the bad press the late era naysayers write about the shows until you listen for yourself>
2.) For a handful of shows in 1995, the naysayers are right and Garcia was having problems>
3.) For most of the 95 shows, the naysayers are dead wrong.
4.) As for this show, I will now take a listen and see if the naysayers are right..or wrong again and the show is enjoyable.
2 Cents- This show is just fine thank you very much. I think the playing is solid and interesting. Folks don't like Samba, but I do. And, like other summer 95 versions, it is very well played here. HC Sunshine is great.
Subject: I was there, It was bad
Dylan never played with the Dead which I was hoping he would do.
The field was a sea of bottles on the way out, and on top of it I actually gate crashed this show. Which I felt bad about until now, and I realized paying to see this show would have been a much worse crime.
Subject: zero stars
Subject: Thank You, Captain Trips, For A Real Good Time.
THE SHOW: At the time, I felt the show was great, especially since several songs were first timers for me. Afterward, folks kept insisting it was totally awful. Listening to it now brings out a lot of emotions about my relationship with the scene. I still donÃÂt think itÃÂs all that bad. Things get off to an inauspicious start as Jerry is barely audible during ÃÂTouch Of Grey.ÃÂ ÃÂWang Dang DoodleÃÂ is solid though, and ÃÂPeggy OÃÂ not too bad either. ÃÂRamble On RoseÃÂ stands out with soaring guitar work generating appreciative applause and most of the words audibly sung with purpose. These were the days of JerryÃÂs teleprompter, so the fact that he cannot be heard on many lines is sad indeed :o(. Nevertheless, Jerry sounds like heÃÂs in alright spirits as he quips ÃÂPhil isnÃÂt ready yet. YouÃÂll have to say something really nice to himÃÂ in between ROR & Black-thr. Wind. Bobby does a great job on B.Thr. Wind. Loose Lucy sounds greatÃÂJerry is on for this song, mostly, though about 5:45 into it his voice gets lost behind the instruments a bit. ÃÂPromised LandÃÂ totally rocks out and VinceÃÂs keyboard work is truly superb as well as distinctive from BrentÃÂs, whom IÃÂve seen. Set 2ÃÂs ÃÂHere Comes SunshineÃÂ is a fun jaunt, but Jerry never really gets revved up in his guitar work (although he does hit most of the lyrics). It is Vince instead whose playing shines here. ÃÂTruckinÃÂ is so-so, ÃÂRollinÃÂ & TumblinÃÂÃÂ never really gets rolling at all and is a let down. Rhythm devils rollick however and are worth a download on their own, followed by a trippy, expansive Space. ÃÂBox Of RainÃÂ is as good as any IÃÂve heard, as is ÃÂStanding On The Moon.ÃÂ Jerry finally gets into a groove by this point and it becomes possible to momentarily forget this is a ÃÂ95 show. "Samba In The Rain" is not that great of a tune in my opinion, but the playing at least was solid here. ÃÂSugar Mags>Sunshine DaydreamÃÂ perfectly reflects the mood of the day, albeit in a standard rote sort of rendition. ÃÂLibertyÃÂ encore was a bit of a letdown and is still difficult to puzzle out the words.
3 stars for stellar sound quality and not really that bad of a show, even from one as biased as I.
Subject: wow, was it this bad?
Subject: Help a brother out....
Subject: The end was near....
Subject: I enjoyed it
Subject: It helps
Peace and Jah love
Subject: I love them to death but....
On the plus side, the camping and partying was great but if you want an honest review of the music it deserves one star.
Sorry for the honesty
Subject: My Hometown!
A great day of Dead in the fields of Highgate. Hope there's an SBD on it's way, but the AUD helps make sure the music never stops. Kudos!
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